Academic Libraries

Support the Art Library at Cologne

Klaus Graf writes "The city government of Cologne in Germany is planning to close down the renowned 'Kunst- und
Museumsbibliothek' (KMB) in the very near future! On the 22nd of May 2003 the city council will decide
what will happen with one of the biggest art libraries in Germany. The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kunst- und
Museumsbibliotheken (AKMB) has set up a German focus-webpage on their site to give more information
about all this, The Art Library Society of Flanders/Belgium
(OKBV) took the initiative to set up a temporary support-site so that people can also react individually to
these plans. By signing the on-line petition, you can support this art library and send some
encouragement to the people working there."

Cyber rights... and wrongs

Jen Young had the urge to share This CNN Story on the best and worst when it comes to campus cyber rights.
Using the U.S. News & World Report list of the nation's top 50 research universities, Newitz compared the schools based on three areas: how much privacy students had on university computer networks; the availability of privacy tools -- and whether they charged for them; and what the school's bandwidth limitations were.

Unpacking Harlem History

Jen Young noticed This NYTimes Story on A'Lelia Bundles. The Museum of the City of New York, as part of an exhibition, "Harlem Lost and Found," is giving
the public's first glimpse of most of the items in Ms. Bundles's collection.Ms. Bundles, who has no children, plans to bequeath her heirlooms to museums. For now she will keep her first editions of books by Harlem Renaissance writers in a bookcase downstairs, near a pair of chestnut and glass cabinets containing some of the silver and perhaps even the ostrich feather fan. The neatly marked boxes of papers will go in the second-floor study.

Art museums go interactive

Jen Young writes "CNN Says Taking a cue from their science and natural-history cousins, art museums are increasingly offering varying degrees of hands-on excitement. Artist-led studio classes, or mere half-hour beginner sessions with an instructor, are turning passive scrutiny into passionate immersion.


KMB, Cologne (Germany) threatened with closure

Mark writes "Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek der Stadt Köln (KMB) is one of the largest art libraries in Germany. It specialises in contemporary art, and in particular art and artists of Germany, The Netherlands, and Belgium. The library is under threat as a consequence of the Cologne City Council’s financial problems. The library’s users are mounting a protest campaign in an attempt to save the library.

More Info Here, and

Note: pages are German, Translation Says "To threatening smashing of the art and museum library of the city Cologne"

McCarthy Senate Investigations Transcripts Now Public

Senator Joseph McCarthy called nearly 500 witnesses
before his subcommittee and made them answer all
sort of invasive questions about their loyalty to the US
and/or allegiance to the Communist Party. The
transcripts of most of these interviews were sealed for
50 years and have just been made available
, in annotated form, all 4,200 pages of

"the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations
held extensive hearings, in both executive and public
session, that focused on the U.S. Information Libraries
worldwide. It examined the books that the libraries
stocked, and called some of the authors to testify.
During the course of the investigation, chief counsel
Roy Cohn, and chief consultant David Schine,
embarked on a highly publicized tour of the overseas
libraries in major European capitals...

...the State Department ordered the
removal of any books by Communist authors or
Communist sympathizers from the Information
Libraries' shelves. Hundreds of works of fiction and
non-fiction were discarded, and some were burned."

[The libraries contained the poetry of Langston
Hughes, who was questioned by the committee.]

Florida considers what to do with infamous ballots

Jen Young spotted This One @ CNN on what to do with the 6 million ballots from the last election. Should the ballots hanging chads and all, be destroyed or saved because of their historical significance?
Many election supervisors in Florida's 67 counties want to get rid of the ballots because they take up so much space. Miami-Dade's are in taped-up cardboard boxes stacked to the ceiling of a warehouse, while Palm Beach County's 2000 election records sit on three 5-by-5 foot pallets, each of them 6 feet high.

Library goers: sleep, study - shut up already

A Fun Little Column from The Daily Northwestern on loud people in the library.

"I am speaking on behalf of the Quiet People, those poor introverted souls who for some reason cannot study without some modicum of quiet."

Schools profit from publicly funded research

Jen Young noticed a CNN Story on the thorny issue of university patents, many of which stem from research paid for with public funds.
"It's an embarrassment," Cleveland State University intellectual law professor Michael Davis said of the law that allows universities to patent and profit from government-supported research. "The government paid for all of the research and development. Taxpayers are essentially paying twice."

Web-cheats on notice in Australia

Australian IT Says 3 Australian universities have joined a consortium offering web-based plagiarism checks on all student essays and submissions, and are deploying software to scan student essays.

Melbourne's RMIT and Wollongong and Western Sydney in NSW have signed up to the consortium run through Victorian software and library group Caval Collaborative Solutions. New Zealand's Auckland University has also signed on.
Each will pay between $US13,000 ($21,000) and $US25,000 for the annual service, using US Turnitin software. It is understood the universities will begin using the software from next semester.


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